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Housing crisis seems to be averted

Housing crisis seems to be averted

MAASTRICHT. Where a handful of ‘homeless’ students were protesting in front of the Student Services Centre in Maastricht at the beginning of September, under the heading #MaastrichtHousingCrisis, there has been no activity for weeks on the Facebook page of the same name. Maurice Evers, managing director of Student & Staff Housing a...

Fake it till you make it

Fake it till you make it

Greed. To be quite clear: Latin dance is not ballroom dancing [just so that we know what we are talking about, Zef Orbons laughs. He dances the rumba, samba, jive, cha-cha and paso doble]. I have always wanted to look beautiful and I love stylishness. So, if you were to explain greed in terms of clothing, as more beautiful than beautiful, then I wo...

Summer School experienced a dip because of “transitional phase”

MAASTRICHT. The last Maastricht Summer School had just over half of the number of participants of the 2016 edition. The reason was the new approach: an earlier enrolment date, a minimum number of seven participants, higher fees and stricter language requirements.
“Victims of sexual assault often feel caged”

“Victims of sexual assault often feel caged”

Sexual harassment needs to be taken much more seriously in Maastricht. This is the position of Consent Matters, a group of students who recently sent an alarming email to the city council expressing their concern about young women safety, especially at night. The students hope the city will follow Amsterdam and Rotterdam in making sexual harassment...
“I’m never ever satisfied about myself”

“I’m never ever satisfied about myself”

Greed. I’m not greedy at all; I don’t desire material possessions. I’m happy with what I have. Okay, I have to admit: show jumping is an elite equestrian sport. You have to look good and your outfit must be presentable, but I don’t need most luxury stuff. Luckily my parents pay all my expenses for training and competition. W...

ISN withdraws from international student club

ISN withdraws from international student club

MAASTRICHT. Before the summer the International Student Network (ISN) withdrew as the organisation responsible for Kaleido, the international student club in the Timmerfabriek. This means it will not be the club’s main operator. Within Maastricht University there had long been doubts about the enormous task ahead of the ISN, a small organisat...
Myth: Lawyers make the difference during police interrogations

Myth: Lawyers make the difference during police interrogations

Crime suspects can bank on being invited by letter to come in for a chat at the local police station. In serious cases, suspects can even be picked up at any hour of the day or night. Fortunately, suspects are not on their own. Since 1 March 2016, lawyers are allowed to be present in the interrogation room. Or does their presence make no difference...

Finding a solution for the problem of temporary scarcity

Finding a solution for the problem of temporary scarcity

MAASTRICHT. The housing problem of foreign students in Maastricht will be discussed with the city council. Managing director of Student & Staff Housing, Maurice Evers, said so after a meeting with Hungarian student Ilona Kraft, one of the initiators of the silent protest action #MaastrichtHousingCrisis last Wednesday. With this protest, a handf...

Protest #MaastrichtHousingCrisis @SSC Maastricht

Protest #MaastrichtHousingCrisis @SSC Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. #MaastrichtHousingCrisis, reads the piece of paper in a student’s hand. In front of the Student Services Centre on Wednesday afternoon, she is surrounded by a handful of likeminded students from Romania, Italy and India. The call for a quiet protest about the lack of decent rooms was spread via Facebook. But is it really that hard...
“Don’t write academic papers for your own glory”

“Don’t write academic papers for your own glory”

MAASTRICHT. “This morning we had six people on stage. All women. It shows that women are actually more action-driven than men,” says Rob Bauer, professor of Finance. He points to himself and his fellow female jury members, joking: “I’m the only man. And as men are probably better speakers than women, I’m doing this tal...
Swim eat sleep repeat

Swim eat sleep repeat

Greed. I’m crazy about training swimsuits, I like buying them in all sorts of bright colours and prints. They tend to wear out quickly because of the chlorine. Fortunately, there are always new collections: a good excuse to go looking for the next one. I usually buy them one size too small, preferably high cut, so there’s a bit of wedgi...

Celebrations in Venlo too

Celebrations in Venlo too

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht has Inkom. Venlo has VID, Venlo Introduction Day. Last Thursday, the city in the North of the province of Limburg experienced its first central introduction day. Two schools of higher education and the Venlo campus – with one UM bachelor's and two master's programmes – joined forces. However, as far as the...
Bringing your laundry to Cologne

Bringing your laundry to Cologne

“Toast met tartaar.” German Franziska Flossbach laughs a bit as she tells about her Dutch skills. She didn’t take an official course, “she practiced just for fun”, with a friend who is doing a study program in Rotterdam. “I regularly try to order a dish in a restaurant in Dutch. It works out well.” The 19-y...

Born in Seychelles

Born in Seychelles

You’re from where? Saint Charles? Is it in France?  But as 18-year old Zoë Barois draws a questioning face the reporter knows she is wrong. “Seychelles”, she repeats. “O, wow, the islands!” Just in case you have no idea where the Seychelles are located: the archipelago of 115 islands lies in the Indian Ocean, off ...

“Could you take a look at this dead mouse?”

“Could you take a look at this dead mouse?”

Tuesday morning, 30 May, the day after the professor dined with the girls, in the Editor's office of Observant. “And? Did they have hamburgers?” The colleagues fervently hoped that the girls of Sororitas would have served hamburgers to the cultivated-hamburger professor Mark Post. “No, that would have been some joke. They se...

“An open discussion about sexuality is taboo”

“An open discussion about sexuality is taboo”

Her life is at risk in Nigeria, because Judith (whose surname will be withheld for privacy reasons) is quite open about her sexual orientation in her home country. She is a lesbian, living and working as a human rights activist and who is now in Maastricht for three months. The Faculty of Law will take care of her as part of the Shelter City Progra...

Research at Law “very good”

MAASTRICHT. The unique profile claimed by the Maastricht Faculty of Law – international, multi- and interdisciplinary – that should distinguish this faculty from the other ones in the Netherlands, is no longer all that unique. All law faculties in the Netherlands now have the same ambition, emphasised an external committee that investig...
Start check-up of 40 student houses

Start check-up of 40 student houses

MAASTRICHT. The attaching of the small shield stating ‘Keurmerk Prettig Wonen’ (Enjoyable Living Quality Mark) to the façade of the student building on the Maastrichter Heidenstraat 7, last Friday, marked the starting signal for the check-up of forty student houses. It is a trial project and a unique event in the Netherlands.
"This is a unique drama"

"This is a unique drama"

Carré, a former cigar factory, was transformed into a student complex last summer. Studios with your own shower, partly furnished, supermarket on the ground floor, the city centre within walking distance, and 24-hour service: that was the marketing pitch. It sounded great, and pricey with a monthly rent of more than 700 euro. But since the first st...
Me too kool

Me too kool

UM Sports opened the doors of the new university sports centre one year ago. Each week, Observant shows up in sports gear to participate in one of the sessions, and will do so until the summer. Today: dancehall walk-in.

Guaranteed a room in Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. New students who are unsure as to whether they will be able to find a room in Maastricht on time, may - as a one-off - use the so-called 'room guarantee arrangement'. The action is an initiative of the Executive Board. Two-hundred-and-fifty rooms have been reserved at the Guesthouse between 15 April and 15 June.
Myth: As robots and computers become smarter, we will be released from our responsibility

Myth: As robots and computers become smarter, we will be released from our responsibility

Self-driving cars, drones used in war zones, robots used to carry out surgical operations. Examples of computers playing a major role, but what happens if something goes wrong? What if a self-driving car doesn't stop at a zebra crossing? Who is responsible? According to Merel Noorman, technology philosopher and postdoc at the Faculty of Arts a...

Trembling on the way to boot camp

Trembling on the way to boot camp

UM Sports opened the doors of the new university sports centre one year ago. Each week, Observant shows up in sports gear to participate in one of the sessions, and will do so until the summer. Today: outdoor boot camp.
Stand up for science

Stand up for science

MAASTRICHT. No science no evidence, no truth, no democracy. That is the idea behind the March for Science, an initiative that has been embraced around the world. On Saturday 22 April, a march will be organised in about 430 cities, including Maastricht. “We want to celebrate science that day. Researchers will come down from their ivory to...

Shelter City programme to be continued

Shelter City programme to be continued

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht intends to continue the Shelter City programme. This was decided by the city council after a trial period of two years. This initiative by Justice and Peace Netherlands enables foreign human rights defenders to recover for a period of three months, to work and study in a Dutch city. At the moment, eight cities are participati...

Myth: International organisations have too much power

Myth: International organisations have too much power

International organisations such as NATO and the United Nations were founded after the Second World War, just like the predecessor to the European Union, the European Coal and Steel Community. Some people feel that they are too powerful and that too much money is spent on them. But is that in fact the case? Yes, international organisations have be...

Ringing the doorbell in case of noise

Ringing the doorbell in case of noise

MAASTRICHT. During the next six months, the city of Maastricht will send enforcers out at night every week, to deal with noise disturbance. Student buildings will be their targets.
“My oldest would have liked to come tonight”

“My oldest would have liked to come tonight”

“Wait, wasn’t my bike right here?” Your reporter looks around in surprise. It’s 10:30 pm; the dinner in the flat at the Bourgogneplein went late. All that’s left of the bike is a broken chain lock. “Is yours still here, Jean-Jacques?” Professor Herings, the guest of honour, spots his bike still parked a lit...

“If you hear someone call out, never turn your head around”

“If you hear someone call out, never turn your head around”

UM Sports opened the doors of the new university sports centre one year ago. Each week, Observant shows up in sports gear to participate in one of the sessions, and will do so until the summer. Today: Fencing.
Education Prize for Jeannette Hommes

Education Prize for Jeannette Hommes

MAASTRICHT. During the Dies Natalis celebrations on Tuesday 7 February, the Wynand Wijnen Education Prize 2016 was awarded to Jeannette Hommes, assistant professor at the School of Business and Economics. The jury, chaired by Rector Rianne Letschert, praised her contributions to the educational development of the faculty and professionali...

Myth: older people work less hard

Myth: older people work less hard

You can't expect too much from older employees. Young ones are faster, more creative, and more intelligent. At least, that is the widespread idea. And with an ageing population and a retirement age that is constantly being pushed back, employers are the ones who will be left with the mess. “It is ridiculous to think that older people are...

“We go through two hundred litres every Wednesday. Write that down”

“We go through two hundred litres every Wednesday. Write that down”

“Haven’t you lit that crackling log fire yet? Guys, come on.” Halfway through the evening, with the steaks already sizzling in the pan, Marc van Gastel – known as ‘Otto’ – makes his entrance. Dressed in gym clothes, he looks a little peaky. He’s too ill to eat: “My hands are still shaking a bit....

“I see people hanging on the wall like clowns”

“I see people hanging on the wall like clowns”

UM Sports opened the doors of the new university sports centre one year ago. Each week, Observant shows up in sports gear to participate in one of the sessions, and will do so until the summer. Today: Boulder introduction lesson.
Myth: Sex is a natural urge

Myth: Sex is a natural urge

“Many people think that sex has to be spontaneous, that it is artificial if you agree on a time in your schedule. Nonsense,” says Marieke Dewitte, psychologist and sexologist at Maastricht University. In her own practice, she sees couples who have been having problems for years and who have doubts about their relationship and sex life. ...

Fewer Dutch students choose a UM programme

Fewer Dutch students choose a UM programme

MAASTRICHT. For the first time in the history of Maastricht University, fewer than half of the students are from the Netherlands (48.2 per cent). The number of Dutch students coming here for the first time to study, is even lower than that: 35.5 per cent. In particular Dutch bachelor students are less inclined to choose the South Limburg university...

City centre and Wyck most popular amongst bicycle thieves

MAASTRICHT. Over the past six years, more than ten thousand bicycles have been stolen in Maastricht. That is 88 for every thousand inhabitants (in relative terms, this is more than in Amsterdam or Utrecht). The favourite spot for thieves is the city centre of the Limburg capital, as appeared from figures shown by RTL Nieuws. The news editors made a...

"ISN will have to show that they are capable"

MAASTRICHT. The International Students Club that will be housed in the Timmerfabriek halfway through 2019, has been given a name: Kaleido. In addition the setup has been changed. The International Student Network (ISN), the intended primary operator of the club, is no longer the biggest player.
A landing spot for students

A landing spot for students

MAASTRICHT. The Eiffel building on the Boschstraat is undergoing a metamorphosis. A large section of the striking old factory buildings will be occupied as of September by The Student Hotel. During yesterday’s kick-off, it was described as a “landing spot” where students will be able to stay for up to twelve months. The Student Ho...

Privacy and cybersecurity research centre

Privacy and cybersecurity research centre

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity (ECPC) is a new research institute at the Faculty of Law.

B-Glocal: the new bachelor’s in law

MAASTRICHT. The law faculty has plans for a new, multidisciplinary bachelor’s programme, Global Challenges and Law. With the approval of the Executive Board, the faculty is now conducting market research. The new programme is likely to run alongside the existing Dutch Law and European Law School (ELS) programmes as of September 2018.
Open Day: English study programmes popular

Open Day: English study programmes popular

MAASTRICHT. More than three thousand school-leavers visited the Bachelor’s Open Day last Saturday, which, just like the one in 2015, was the busiest ever.
Praise for the Sports Centre, criticism for the university restaurants and feedback

Praise for the Sports Centre, criticism for the university restaurants and feedback

MAASTRICHT. The new UM Sports Centre, officially opened in April, is very popular among Maastricht students. No less than 92 per cent is pleased with the sports facilities, shows the latest UM Student Monitor, which was distributed in April and May. Students are more critical about the price-quality ratio of the university restaurants, just as they...
“It’s amazing – it cuts, weighs, cooks, steams, blends and kneads”

“It’s amazing – it cuts, weighs, cooks, steams, blends and kneads”

Six people are trying in vain to squeeze into a cramped kitchen. “Let’s go sit in my room”, Mathijs Weijnen calls as he stirs a pan of risotto with peas and chorizo. His room on the first floor, with its four couches and a conspicuous nude on the wall, serves as the living room. Before the residents of Glacisweg 19 plop down on th...

“I’ll have him by the scruff of his neck”

“I’ll have him by the scruff of his neck”

The presence of Maastricht University can be felt not just in the inner city and Randwyck. A whole range of activities are underway in different places around the province, such as on the Chemelot campus near Geleen. But what exactly? Observant paid a visit to Center Court, which came into operation in August.
Tans Lecture: “The misunderstandings and false claims drew me to the topic”

Tans Lecture: “The misunderstandings and false claims drew me to the topic”

‘Healing thoughts’, the idea that the mind influences the body – is it all just pseudoscience? Miracles we shouldn’t believe in? In her book Cure, British science journalist Jo Marchant provides a critical exploration of this new area. She interviewed scientists who are investigating or have found evidence that our thou...
“Our gift to you, sir: the Most Beautiful Students Calendar”

“Our gift to you, sir: the Most Beautiful Students Calendar”

“Oh, shit, we get scored on the food?” Loek Rekko hasn’t been following this Observant series. “Darn!” He apologises: he prepared the shoulder chops, but he didn’t buy it. “Also, it’s been in the oven for twenty minutes too long.” “My fault”, says Matthijs Hesselink. “I was lat...

Myth: Dieting makes you fat

Myth: Dieting makes you fat

Who believes in the myth that dieting makes you fat? Nobody, isn't it?  “There are frequent statements in international media that dieting encourages overeating and therefore makes you fatter. But that is an error of reasoning,” says Anita Jansen, professor of Experimental Clinical Psychology and dean of the Faculty of Psycholo...

“We practically drink in your backyard!”

“We practically drink in your backyard!”

“Ooooh how sweet!” He has barely been inside for five minutes and Martin Paul has already charmed the girls from MAX (pronounced mex), presenting them with four cups and saucers with the Maastricht skyline. “My daughter moved to Berlin for her studies. When I found out she was drinking out of an empty Nutella jar, I had to go to I...

Cause of death of Finnish student will not be disclosed

MAASTRICHT. At the request of the parents, the police will not disclose how Jassim Aba Al-Khail, first-year student at the European Law School, died. The police have positively ruled out foul play. The 22-year-old Finn was found dead by his housemates in the student house on the Statensingel on Thursday evening 15 September. His body was released o...

Quality label for student accommodation as of January

Quality label for student accommodation as of January

MAASTRICHT. House owners who want to be able to put the quality label Prettig Wonen in their window have to meet all kinds of conditions, such as having linked smoke detectors, bilingual fire extinguisher signs and pictograms, door frame reinforcers on all external doors and approved tenancy contracts. The first student houses are due to receive th...
“We did end up bringing him a new pillow, that same night”

“We did end up bringing him a new pillow, that same night”

A year into her PhD programme, Maastricht graduate Karin van der Ven dropped out. She knew what she wanted: to start a student services company. “Deep in my heart I had a vision of Jules.” Back then, in 2009, one of the first services was the bike repair. And it’s still alive. A major growth area is in the management of student ro...
An ambitious physicist, a “hard ass”

An ambitious physicist, a “hard ass”

The exclamation ‘Eureka’ would be appropriate, having invented a small, portable tester that can be used to prevent bacterial outbreaks in hospitals. But physicist and assistant professor Bart van Grinsven is more like ‘mmm that’s funny’, as he quotes American writer and biochemist Isaac Asimov. Van Grinsven received t...
Myth: Dutch judges should punish more severely because that would make society safer

Myth: Dutch judges should punish more severely because that would make society safer

The following criminal case dates from a few years ago. While a woman from Venray (Limburg) is sitting on a bench in the park, she is hit hard on the head twice with a stick. The assailant then steals her mobile phone. In the appeal court, the judge sentenced the accused to nine years imprisonment – instead of half of that, as the initial cou...

“Do you still enjoy life, with four women at home?”

“Do you still enjoy life, with four women at home?”

“Burgers are always good!” Sjoerd van Dijk calls from the kitchen as he does his final check: “Onions in the pan, potatoes in the oven, pasta salad, tomatoes.” Tonight’s guest – Professor Philip Vergauwen, dean of the School of Business and Economics – had already shown up at the Noormannensingel a week ear...

"I forgot my pillow"

"I forgot my pillow"

Name: Josina Jansen Nationality: German Study: Psychology Time & place: Wednesday 13.00 hrs., Tapijnkazerne
"I heard the yellow ones are more international"

"I heard the yellow ones are more international"

Name: Aliona Normandin Nationality: French Study: European Law School Time & place: Tuesday 16.00 hrs., Griend Festival
Dire Straits' Telegraph Road: anyone?

Dire Straits' Telegraph Road: anyone?

Name: Eve Millerot Nationality: Belgian/French Study: Biomedical Sciences Time & place: Tuesday 15.30 hrs., Griend Festival
A record for Inkom 2016: 2,735 freshmen

A record for Inkom 2016: 2,735 freshmen

MAASTRICHT. Yesterday 2,735 freshmen registered for the INKOM, the introduction week for first-year students from Maastricht University and Zuyd. That’s more than ever. The Inkom 2015 had 2,360 participants. “We are sold out”, says INKOM-chair Wim Renders. “The registration was closed Friday evening. Just before the en...

Just enjoy

Just enjoy

Name: Konny Flämig Nationality: German Study: Global Health Time & place: Monday 16.30 hrs, Stadspark
Inkom: Time Travel Tuesday

Inkom: Time Travel Tuesday

MAASTRICHT. Where last year the Spanish-Belgian singer Belle Pérez performed on the Markt during the Inkom opening, this year the choice falls on a duo working the turntables: Manuel Broekman and Géza Weisz. Who is making a repeat performance? Maastricht star Fabrizio. Just mentioning his name caused a lot of cheering when the artists were announce...

Time to take (a) Time Out

Time to take (a) Time Out

What you probably didn’t know about me: I worked as an aerobics instructor for UM Sports in the past. So I was extremely curious to see the new sports facilities and try out the ‘Butt Belly Thighs’ group training, as well as recharging some energy in the newly opened Time Out Sports bar, where you can eat and drink at student-frie...

“I adopted an almost Spartan life”

“I adopted an almost Spartan life”

Recently professor Marc Davidson gave his inaugural speech at Maastricht University. The title? Duurzaam willen ontwikkelen (willingness to engage in sustainable development). A speech on environmental philosophy. But what has that got to do with physics, the subject he has been dreaming about since he was six and in which he eventually comple...

“A Belgian team without Kompany is like a Dutch person without a bike”

“A Belgian team without Kompany is like a Dutch person without a bike”

Oranje definitely won’t bring home the trophy from the European Championship football, but at least there are other teams we can cheer for. Observant asked a Belgian, a British, a French and a German football fan why their team should be the one.*
New Student Portal is live

New Student Portal is live

MAASTRICHT. The new Student Portal has been live since Monday. Students from Humanities and Sciences and the School of Business and Economics are the first to be able use it. This new source of information, which lists timetables, deadlines, grades, course material, and helpful links, was developed over a period of two years in close collaboration ...
Move to the groove

Move to the groove

MAASTRICHT. The Faculty of Law celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Last Friday, 27 May, a party was held for students and staff in Rebelle, the entertainment centre in the former Augustinian church on the Kesselskade. Some six hundred guests (the maximum of 850 had registered, including about 90 employees) moved to the groove. Dean Hildegard...

Library access restrictions

Library access restrictions

MAASTRICHT. Until 8 June only UM cardholders will be permitted to enter the University Library in the inner city. Students who don’t have a UM card can gain entry on presentation of their ID and certificate of registration. “We are working hard to guarantee that UM students have a study place during the exam period”, say the libra...

www.maastrichtuniversity.nl is live

www.maastrichtuniversity.nl is live

MAASTRICHT. “You will see, we are about to go live and five minutes later the shit storm will break loose.” It won’t be nice, all that criticism, but “they care”. Bernadette Jansma addresses the audience in Brasserie Tapijn on Wednesday morning, 18 May, just before Maastricht University’s new website is launched....

No data manipulation in Maastricht article

No data manipulation in Maastricht article

MAASTRICHT. “There is absolutely no problem whatsoever” with publications and other forms of collaboration between James Hunton, who has been found to have committed fraud, and Maastricht researchers. This is the verdict of Philip Vergauwen, dean of the School of Business and Economics, on the American professor of accountancy who held ...
Former UM professor’s articles withdrawn

Former UM professor’s articles withdrawn

MAASTRICHT. There are doubts about the scientific reliability of three articles by James Hunton, a former American professor of Accountancy who was also a professor at Maastricht University during the first decade of this century. This was announced by the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) last Tuesday after an investigation by a Scientific ...

Jules to manage Carré accommodations

MAASTRICHT. Students service company Jules will be in charge of the management of 143 studios in the Carré building on the Tongerseweg. The owner is Belgian project developer LIFE. The studios – between 23 and 38 square metres and intended for Dutch and foreign students – each have their own kitchen and bathroom. They are situated above...

UM sounds the alarm for house parties

UM sounds the alarm for house parties

MAASTRICHT. “What if a fire were to break out in a house where two hundred people have gathered,” says Pascal Breuls, director of Student Services. The police regularly receive reports about illegal house parties, in particular at the end of block periods. Maastricht University makes students aware of the risks.
“Set requirements for landlords, agencies and managers”

“Set requirements for landlords, agencies and managers”

MAASTRICHT. A liveability test, better enforcement by the city council, the introduction of a quality mark, the arrival of the International Student Club, and especially ‘open communication’: measures to curb the proliferation of students rooms and the disturbance, as experienced by some inhabitants of Maastricht. The Maastricht La...
MECC rewards best idea with €1,000

MECC rewards best idea with €1,000

MAASTRICHT. How to make MECC more attractive to young people? With a MECCSpace, a community around start-ups, according to Alit Sudarsana and Stefani Christianti, an alumnus and a student of Maastricht University. And with that concept, they won €1,000 during the first Jules Challenge on Monday evening. Along with more than a hundred other st...

What does a daisy look like?

What does a daisy look like?

“Noooo! That was a super plant, so cool.” “Whoops”, says the other student, removing his foot from the “cool” plant. The pair continue their search through the fields. Last Tuesday morning, the students of the Maastricht Science Programme joined their lecturer and researcher Roy Erkens at the Lage Fronten as part...
“What made him so special was the attention he paid to the patient’s story”

“What made him so special was the attention he paid to the patient’s story”

Professor Eddy Houwaart qualified to be a general practitioner, but trained himself to become a medical historian. He is a typical interdisciplinary scientist and he could name at least one inspirer for every discipline. But his greatest hero is British historian Roy Porter. “The way in which he told his story before a large audience, whether...
Swing Station on the Tapijn grounds

Swing Station on the Tapijn grounds

MAASTRICHT. A Swing Station was opened on the Tapijn grounds on Sunday 3 April. Five swings have been suspended from a steel tube under a canopy, at the location of the former army filling station. Underfoot, a soft green carpet of artificial grass. The idea and the implementation came from five creatives from Het Werkgebouw.

UPDATE Attacks in Brussels, UM Campus closed

UPDATE Attacks in Brussels, UM Campus closed

MAASTRICHT/BRUSSELS. Maastricht University’s campus in Brussel has been closed for the time being because of the attacks at Zaventem Airport and Maalbeek metro station, Tuesday 22 March. School children from the Montessori Lyceum in Zeist, who were to visit the premises tuesday, turned back while they were on their way, says Vivianne Hei...

Polish your image by buying art

Polish your image by buying art

MAASTRICHT. Where does all the money that is being pumped into the art market actually come from? “There is too little discussion about this question. It is about a lot of money, sometimes with dubious origins.” Olav Velthuis, associate professor at the University of Amsterdam and specialized in Economic and Cultural Sociology, delivers...
An American in Maastricht wins $100,000

An American in Maastricht wins $100,000

MAASTRICHT. Just twenty years old and already famous – on the American quiz show Jeopardy! College Championship, Sam Deutsch took home the prize of $100,000. A junior at the University of Southern California, Deutsch is now spending a semester in Maastricht.
Fire in student house; police investigate possible arson

Fire in student house; police investigate possible arson

MAASTRICHT. There was a fire in a student house in the Brusselsepoort area during the night of Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February. The police found evidence of arson and have started an investigation. The building has been declared uninhabitable. “Nobody was harmed. I am so glad that I wasn’t there.”

No turnstiles in city centre university library

MAASTRICHT. There will be no access restrictions at the university library in the city centre. Although formally this library does not have a public function, the Executive Board and the deans wants to keep the building open for outsiders. They also reckon that the number of non-UM library users is manageable. Students think differently about this....

What’s that hanging on my bicycle?

What’s that hanging on my bicycle?

MAASTRICHT. You will find them everywhere in the city: yellow handlebar hangers. It's an initiative of Maastricht Bereikbaar (Maastricht Accessible) that wants to know if there are enough bicycle parking spaces in Maastricht. The handlebar hanger – with a text in Dutch – contains a chip with a unique number. This Thursday and ...

International Students Club: not in 2017, but in 2019

International Students Club: not in 2017, but in 2019

MAASTRICHT. The International Students Club will move into the Timmerfabriek in 2019, not in 2017 as originally planned. Renovation issues are the main cause of the delay, but it also appears that the International Student Network, the main operator of the club, is not yet ripe for the mammoth task that awaits it.
“For the love of my life”

“For the love of my life”

“I actually wanted to send myself one, but I didn’t in the end.” Two students from University College Maastricht are snooping through the handwritten notes on one of the common room’s walls. The cards are attached to heart-shaped cookies – how appropriate on Monday, 15 February, the day after Valentine’s Day. It...

“He was paying €625. Based on the point-score system we came up with €280”

“He was paying €625. Based on the point-score system we came up with €280”

No hot water, a bad smell, a plague of mice, ridiculously high rent, agency fees or a bust-up with a flatmate – whatever their housing question, students can now turn to Maastricht University’s Housing Helpdesk. Established twelve months ago, its six students and coordinator, a law graduate, now have almost two hundred cases on their bo...
Contract or administration fees: a new grey area

Contract or administration fees: a new grey area

MAASTRICHT. Mediation fees should largely be a thing of the past, especially after the Dutch Supreme Court made its verdict concerning agency fees, four months ago. The judge ruled that housing agencies are not allowed to charge mediation fees to both the landlord and the tenant (the only exception is when a tenant asks the housing agency to find a...

“If you see the Prince, give him a hug and a kiss”

“If you see the Prince, give him a hug and a kiss”

Keen to join in during the Maastricht Carnival? Be prepared. But don’t worry – Ad van Iterson, associate professor at the School of Business and Economics and Carnival – goer by birth, is here to help you through these weird three days and nights. “Get over your shyness, but don’t overdo it; don’t be too enthusia...
“We don’t use scientists as a propaganda machine”

“We don’t use scientists as a propaganda machine”

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht professors are untraceable in the top ten ‘professors in the Dutch online news’. It is the professors from the Randstad, and then mainly those with an economic background, who were frequently approached by newspapers Trouw, NRC and de Volkskrant in 2015. This is the outcome of an anal...
‘Arab Nobel Prize’ for genetics

‘Arab Nobel Prize’ for genetics

MAASTRICHT. Professors Han Brunner and Joris Veltman have won the King Faisal Prize in the category of Medicine, referred to by some as the ‘Arab Nobel Prize’. The researchers, who play a leading role in clinical genetics, will travel to Saudi Arabia to receive the prize from the king in March.
German and Dutch cities form alliance against Tihange

German and Dutch cities form alliance against Tihange

MAASTRICHT. The city of Maastricht, several other municipalities in South Limburg and the German city of Aachen want to take legal steps against the antiquated Tihange nuclear power station in Belgium, just 36 kilometres from the Dutch border. Last week, a majority of political parties in Maastricht supported the motion raised by GroenLinks, the p...

UM 14th in THE ranking of Most International Universities

UM 14th in THE ranking of Most International Universities

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht University is the highest Dutch university on the latest Most International Universities ranking, published last week. The British Times Higher Education (THE) journal places Maastricht in fourteenth position – last year it was in 88th place. THE bases its ranking on the percentage of foreign students and employees and...

Praise for medical anthropologist Krumeich

Praise for medical anthropologist Krumeich

MAASTRICHT. It is already seven years ago since the winner of the Wynand Wijnen Education Prize came from Randwyck. At that time, it was Gerard Majoor and Ton de Goeij who were put in the limelight. Monday afternoon, during the celebrations of the 40th anniversary, senior lecturer Anja Krumeich received full praise from rector Luc Soete for he...
Deal between Elsevier and universities after all

Deal between Elsevier and universities after all

THE NETHERLANDS. The Association of Universities (VSNU) and publisher Reed Elsevier have reached an agreement in principle. At the very last minute. Because if no agreement had been reached by 31 December on the renewal of subscriptions and open access – free access to articles written on the basis of research financed by public funding ...

“Young researchers aren’t panicking – that came as a surprise”

“Young researchers aren’t panicking – that came as a surprise”

Twenty-eight days to go. Will the Dutch universities manage by 31 December to reach an agreement with the publisher Reed Elsevier? The arduous negotiations have been going on for months. Universities are only prepared to keep their wagons hitched to the publisher if it takes steps towards open access, making academic articles freely accessible. &ld...
Avoid high-heeled shoes at a standing table

Avoid high-heeled shoes at a standing table

A standing tutorial: is it healthier, better for group dynamics and learning? Experiments are being carried out at University College Maastricht and in the Maastricht Science Programme. “Sometimes I have classes from eight to half past six in the evening. Standing between sessions keeps me awake.” A tip: kick high-heeled shoes under the...
Torchlight procession for Serious Request

Torchlight procession for Serious Request

MAASTRICHT. Walking nine kilometres for a good cause. On Tuesday 8 December at 18:30hrs., a torchlight procession for employees and students will start from the Minderbroedersberg. The procession will pass the Sint Pietersberg and continue on to the Cannerberg and Louwberg, pausing for hot chocolate and glühwein in the courtyard of Chateau Neercann...

‘Yes’ to The Student Hotel

‘Yes’ to The Student Hotel

MAASTRICHT. Tuesday evening, the Maastricht city council said ‘yes’ to the plans for the establishment of The Student Hotel in the Eiffel building at the top of the Boschstraat. The following morning, Gerdo van Grootheest, the alderman concerned, twittered that he was “very happy”. He had a tough time these past few weeks. ...

Website delay

MAASTRICHT. The launch of the new Maastricht University website has been delayed. The site will not go live in December, as Manon Gorissen, head of digital communication, reported a month ago in Observant, but after New Year. No new date has been fixed yet.

Prize for Maastricht Green Office model

MAASTRICHT. RootAbility, the organisation behind the Maastricht Green Office movement, last week received the UNESCO–Japan Prize for education in sustainable development. This is the first time the prize has been awarded. The $50,000 award will be used to further spread the Green Office model and strengthen the Green Office movement...

Faculty of Law goes to Aruba

Faculty of Law goes to Aruba

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht Faculty of Law is going to work together with the University of Aruba. From the next academic year, they hope to welcome the first students for the double degree programme, an American Specialisation, within the existing master’s programme of International and European Tax Law. Eventually, the participants will...
Bryson’s books are food for thought

Bryson’s books are food for thought

What use is Nienke van Atteveldt to society? A good question and one that this Maastricht neuroscientist (who works primarily as a lecturer at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) has asked herself several times during her career. A few years ago, she decided to share her knowledge with the rest of the Netherlands. How? By writing a book about the world o...
The Student Hotel: concerns among politicians and Maastricht hotels

The Student Hotel: concerns among politicians and Maastricht hotels

MAASTRICHT. Of the 378 rooms in The Student Hotel, planned in the Eiffel building at the Boschstraat, on average a maximum of 98 rooms may be let as hotel rooms each year. The majority should serve as accommodation for students. This is what the Maastricht city authorities wrote to two political parties (CDA and Maastrichtse Volkspartij), who were ...
“What’s this about?”

“What’s this about?”

There is something that Harro van Lente finds lacking in many curricula: the odd one out, a subject that knocks you off balance and makes you think: ‘What do I do with this?’ That is exactly the feeling that the Maastricht professor of Science and Technology Studies had during the lessons with Péter Várdy, his former philosophy lecturer...

First-year students’ feelings matter

First-year students’ feelings matter

MAASTRICHT. Brains are important, but we shouldn’t ignore the influence of emotions such as hopelessness or enjoyment on students’ learning process, says Alexandra Niculescu, a Romanian psychologist who will defend her PhD thesis tomorrow, Friday 16 October, at Maastricht University. “We need to invest in how students feel, but no...
New UM website online in December

New UM website online in December

MAASTRICHT. It will finally go live in December: Maastricht University’s new website. After a year-and-a-half of discussions, writing, designing, and constructing, the worst irritations have hopefully been dealt with. No more rambling, a search machine that works properly, and a lot of images and videos.
Four Maastricht scientists in VIVA400

Four Maastricht scientists in VIVA400

MAASTRICHT. Four Maastricht scientists have been nominated for the Dutch VIVA400 award. Last year, the honour fell upon UM postdoc Anne Leferink, in the ‘Knappe Koppen’ (Whizz Kid) category.
University library considers installing turnstiles

University library considers installing turnstiles

MAASTRICHT. Again students are complaining about the over-crowded library in the city centre. This time, they did so in the Law Faculty Council meeting last Wednesday, in which the idea of the university library to install turnstiles again was discussed.
Students want more video recordings

Students want more video recordings

​MAASTRICHT. Law students want more lectures to be made available digitally. They argued for this during the Faculty Council meeting last Wednesday. Especially in the bachelor’s and master’s of Tax Law most lectures are not recorded. “It is an easy way to make education more effective and eventually improve test results,&rdqu...
“Munich of the Netherlands”

“Munich of the Netherlands”

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht was once a fortified town. Left to depend on itself and inward looking. The city didn’t become any more open even when the walls were pulled down at the end of the nineteenth century. It did not have the grandeur of a provincial capital, some concluded during a mini conference in Centre Céramique last Sunday.
Law staff flex and stretches too little at their desks

Law staff flex and stretches too little at their desks

MAASTRICHT. A large number of employees at the Faculty of Law sit at their computer for longer than six hours a day and many end up with painful or fatigued fingers, wrists, shoulders or neck. This was the outcome of the ‘risk inventory’ survey, held last summer. It asked questions about the workplace and the work carried out in front o...

Re-routing for cyclists on Kennedy Bridge

Re-routing for cyclists on Kennedy Bridge

MAASTRICHT. In the next few months, work will be carried out on an important arterial road in Maastricht: the Kennedy Bridge. Mopeds and cyclists – including students and members of staff, travelling from the faculties in Randwyck to the city centre – will experience inconvenience. They will be re-routed halfway along the bridge because...

“You have to join the Ba’ath party in tenth grade”

“You have to join the Ba’ath party in tenth grade”

MAASTRICHT. "Refugees don’t exist. There are only people blown away, people blown by the wind all over the world." With this poem, the drama group Het Geluid closed the Sphinx debate on Thursday 10 September in De Brandweer. Over the course of the evening the audience had listened to fascinating anecdotes about life in a dictator...
Sleeping in a hostel due to lack of suitable rooms

Sleeping in a hostel due to lack of suitable rooms

MAASTRICHT. There are dozens of, mainly foreign, students who cannot find a suitable room in Maastricht. True, there is not a lot on offer, certainly not in the city centre. Belgium? Rather not, too much administrative red tape, they say. Stayokay, the hostel on the Maasboulevard, is doing well due to this student accommodation shortage: students h...
Health in the hands of Google

Health in the hands of Google

MAASTRICHT. How many calories did you eat this morning? And how many steps have you taken since breakfast? No doubt some people will be able to get out their mobile phone, click on an app and find the exact answer to these questions. Personalised healthcare technology like this is what philosopher Tamar Sharon’s research is about. She was awa...
About step counters and brain surgery

About step counters and brain surgery

MAASTRICHT. Among the names of the 25 young Dutch and Belgian researchers competing for a new research prize, the New Scientist Wetenschapstalent 2015, there are two from Maastricht: neurosurgeon Yasin Temel (38) and philosopher Tamar Sharon (40).
Fascinated by Robot Dreams

Fascinated by Robot Dreams

“I think that it was the late Piet Vroon who inspired me to go into science,” Pascal van Gerven (44), assistant professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences, e-mails from the North of Italia where he is staying at the moment. A little later – when he glances through the list of those who went before him in this series ...

€300,000 for Student and City

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht city council aims to invest €300,000 in the Student and City programme, focused on improving the integration of students in the city. The plan is outlined in the Kaderbrief, a memo setting out the key points of the council’s financial plans. The Student and City programme is a partnership between Maastricht University, Ho...

Group sizes: great, faculty housing: could be better

Group sizes: great, faculty housing: could be better

MAAASTRICHT. Maastricht students are satisfied with their bachelor’s and master’s programmes, is the conclusion from the results of the National Student Survey published last week. The most enthusiastic students can be found at University College Maastricht, Knowledge Engineering and Tax Law. Students throughout the UM are the least satisfied – but...
“The godfather of medical ethics”

“The godfather of medical ethics”

Harry Kuitert (1924) was a well-known person in the world of theology in the Netherlands during the nineteen-sixties and -seventies. He was, to put it mildly, a controversial man. He inspired Maastricht ethicist Wybo Dondorp as a student.
Maastricht is to have an independent, female mayor

Maastricht is to have an independent, female mayor

MAASTRICHT. Annemarie Penn-Te Strake (61) will become the new mayor of Maastricht on 1 July. She will take over from VVD mayor Onno Hoes, who resigned after a commotion about a stealthily recorded private meeting. Penn-Te Strake was born in Helmond and studied Dutch law in Nijmegen. She has worked as a judge for the Maastricht court, where she bec...

ISN sponsors first day of Bruis festival

ISN sponsors first day of Bruis festival

MAASTRICHT. ISN, the International Student Network, is sponsoring Bruis this year. The pop festival will take place at the Koompe, the sport’s area of the former Tapijn barracks on 4, 5, and 6 September 2015. Entrance is free.
Inkom at Tapijn and in the Sphinxkwartier

Inkom at Tapijn and in the Sphinxkwartier

MAASTRICHT. The Inkom Working Group has chosen new activities and new (historical) locations this year. Most of the activities on the first day of the introduction week for first-year students - Monday 17 to Friday 21 August - will take place at the Tapijn barracks.  On Monday afternoon, after registration at the School of Business and Econom...

Not Maastricht but Leuven wins European Law Moot Court

MAASTRICHT. Leuven University won the European Law Moot Court Competition at the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg, this weekend. The Maastricht University team, composed of Anca Bliort, Eugenie Coche and Andrea Rigamonti, came in second. The ELMC is one of the world’s most important pleading competitions, in which participants simulate ...

Bad English: ah well, as long as we understand each other

Bad English: ah well, as long as we understand each other

MAASTRICHT. Keeping the discussion about Maastricht as a student city going: okay. As a political party, being interested in the ideas in society: understandable. As far as that was concerned, the Labour Party (PvdA) meeting and the Student & Society Initiative, on Monday evening in the Muziekgieterij, can only be applauded. But are we hearing ...
Literary people who love gardening

Literary people who love gardening

It was her Dutch language teacher, Herman Hissink (1915-2011), who opened up a whole new world for Lies Wesseling. “Wheels started to turn.” After six years of grammar school, Wesseling decided to study English and Literary Theory. She is now a professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
How a Playboy Bunny turned into a well-respected immunologist

How a Playboy Bunny turned into a well-respected immunologist

Polly Matzinger (1947) didn’t quite know what to do with her life when she was young. She even worked as a Playboy Bunny playing billiards. “It was a great job”, she once told the Independent. “It paid 40 cents an hour and I got to listen to a lot of great conversations.” Many years later, in 1994, she proposed a ...
International Students Club in the Timmerfabriek

International Students Club in the Timmerfabriek

MAASTRICHT. The International Students Club is to be housed in the Timmerfabriek on the Boschstraat. This will not be until 2017, but the decision has been made after years of discussions about a suitable meeting place for international students. Maastricht University and the city council signed a declaration of intent today.

European Law Moot Court Competition

MAASTRICHT. Four Maastricht law students will soon head to the semifinals of the European Law Moot Court Competition (ELMC) at the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg. The ELMC is one of the world’s most important pleading competitions, in which participants simulate legal proceedings focusing on European Law. Between 80 and 100 teams fro...

Dissertation prize for Ann-Kristin Zobel

MAASTRICHT. Her work as a postdoc at Berkeley did not make it easy for her to ‘just pop over’ to Maastricht in order to accept the dissertation prize during the Dies celebration, last Friday. But a recently born baby made planning even more difficult. Ann-Kristin Zobel (27), originally from Germany, received full praise for her dis...
More free Wi-Fi in Maastricht

More free Wi-Fi in Maastricht

MAASTRICHT. Since a few days ago, the city of Maastricht has been offering free Wi-Fi on the Markt, the Onze Lieve Vrouweplein, Amorsplein, Stationsplein and the area around the Health Campus and the Maastricht University Medical Centre in Randwijck. The Wi-Fi network is a trial project until December 2015. The free offer of wireless Internet in Ma...

Twelve lectures, twelve professors, twelve cities

Twelve lectures, twelve professors, twelve cities

MAASTRICHT. Almost a week after Maastricht University’s Dies celebration on Friday, 16 January, a new tradition will be introduced: the UM Star Lectures. For the first time, twelve professors will start their lectures simultaneously in twelve cities, for the Netherlands in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Breda, Den Bosch, Venlo, Den Haag and Maastrich...

Employee award for philosopher and research technician

Employee award for philosopher and research technician

MAASTRICHT. The Maastricht University employee award this year goes to senior research technician Roel Spätjens and philosopher René Gabriëls. During the New Year’s drink, last Monday 5 January in Randwijck, the latter took the time, somewhat suspiciously about his selection from a list of 22 candidates, to vent his criticism of Maastricht Un...
A virtual campus tour

A virtual campus tour

MAASTRICHT. During the New Year’s reception in Randwijck, on Monday 5 January, Executive President Martin Paul gave the starting shot for an online campus tour, a web-based guide to Maastricht University. The interactive map contains all the UM buildings – even the campus in Venlo. A single click on a building launches a short video cli...

Additional study spaces at Tapijn

Additional study spaces at Tapijn

MAASTRICHT. In Spring 2015, the University Library intends to launch an experimental learning environment for students in shed V at the Tapijn barracks. In due course, the shed is scheduled to be demolished, but for the coming three years the library wants to use it to create approximately 200 additional study spaces. 

Student club’s location still unknown

MAASTRICHT. There will be no definite answer before Christmas about the building that will house the international student club. This is contrary to what the director of Student Services, Astrid Boeijen, declared on Wednesday 12 November in a meeting of the University Council. UM’s preference is the Timmerfabriek; the alternative locations ar...

Carbon monoxide poisoning in Guesthouse

MAASTRICHT. Two students – from Korea and Italy - became unwell in a Maastricht University Guesthouse on the Raccordement/Heugemerweg because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Still conscious, they were taken to the hospital. The two inhabitants have rooms on the ground floor of the apartment complex on the Raccordement in Heugem. This building ...

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‘Dear Mr Badawi’

‘Dear Mr Badawi’

Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi’s name must have been written down many times yesterday. Like that of Elkin Musaev, a former Uzbekistani Ministry of Defence official, or United States army soldier Chelsea Manning. They are serving 10, 20 and 35 years in prison respectively. Amnesty International calls them prisoners of conscience, imprisone...

“She was warm-hearted, it was like visiting an aunt "

“She was warm-hearted, it was like visiting an aunt "

She is a Dutch celebrity: Major Alida Bosshardt (1913-2007), the figurehead of the Salvation Army. “She had a social conscience, never passing a judgement on others,” says senior lecturer and programme director for the Faculty of Law, Ria Wolleswinkel, who did a one-year traineeship at Bosshardt’s Goodwill Centre in Amsterdam&rsqu...

Three quarters are considering a study in the Netherlands

Three quarters are considering a study in the Netherlands

MAASTRICHT. Foreign students regard the Netherlands as an open, internationally orientated society with high-quality education. This is one of the outcomes of the Student Pulse research that was recently carried out on behalf of Nuffic, the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education.
“My drive to do fewer incisions, comes from Bonjer”

“My drive to do fewer incisions, comes from Bonjer”

She would like to name more than one source of inspiration. Maastricht surgeon Nicole Bouvy would also prefer to choose people from outside the world of science. Actually, ‘source of inspiration’ is not the right term. Seeing patients who are so sick and miserable after an operation – literally because of all the incisions –...
Part of the new sports centre open in July

Part of the new sports centre open in July

MAASTRICHT. The first part of the new university sports centre in Randwyck will open next summer. The official kick-off for the construction took place yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 29 October, in the presence of alderman Gerdo van Grootheest and Martin Paul, President of the Maastricht University Executive Board (UM is owner of the sports centre)...

“He came down from his ivory tower”

“He came down from his ivory tower”

A revolutionary who wanted to reform criminal law. That was Louk Hulsman (Kerkrade, 1923). But even though he was recalcitrant and radical, according to professor of criminology Hans Nelen he should not be made out to be an absurd ‘abolitionist’.
Why so many Germans 'infiltrate' SBE

Why so many Germans 'infiltrate' SBE

Doing research? How does that work? All newcomers at University College Maastricht are given compulsory lessons on this subject at the moment. At the end of their first year, they combine their knowledge in a research project. They are free in their choice of subject, provided it can be done within four weeks. Observant interviewed five g...
Student & Stad meeting: actions and measures

Student & Stad meeting: actions and measures

MAASTRICHT. One of the tips is to exchange mobile phone numbers. The neighbour concerned is then able to phone the student when there is a problem with noise. Nine times out of ten, the music will be turned down. A year ago, there was a meeting at city hall regarding Student & Stad, a project by Maastricht University, the city council and ...
Listening to Françoise Dastur’s beautiful voice

Listening to Françoise Dastur’s beautiful voice

As a child, Jenny Slatman (1969) could watch with bated breath while her grandmother peeled potatoes. “The movement of her hands. Beautiful.” The tensed muscles of runners also induced admiration. The human body is the leitmotiv through Slatman’s career; she is an associate professor of philosophy in the department of Health, Ethi...

Teikyo for sale

Teikyo for sale

MAASTRICHT. The Japanese Teikyo University is leaving Maastricht; its property on the former Sint Annadal hospital grounds is for sale. More than thirty tenants – including Maastricht University’s Guesthouse, SSH which rents short-stay rooms and a number of medical enterprises – were informed last week by Teikyo about the final da...

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“Leading in earning”

“Leading in earning”

MAASTRICHT. Researchers do not read each other’s articles, they only keep tally. And anyway, who wants to do research anymore, knowing that it takes years before you are even given a permanent contract? A group of students and staff members critically voiced their opinions on higher education in 2014 in Landbouwbelang on Monday evening, 1 Sep...
“Miller no longer put parents on a pedestal”

“Miller no longer put parents on a pedestal”

After reading Alice Miller’s Das Drama des Begabten Kindes (1979) at the beginning of the nineteen-eighties, Maastricht jurist Jan Willems thought “now I have my hands on something”. Adults who have been neglected, emotionally or sexually abused, or who have been put under pressure by their parents when they were young, can suffer...

Long live the Kingdom

Long live the Kingdom

MAASTRICHT. Have you always wanted to meet Willem-Alexander and Maxima, the king and queen of the Netherlands, in person? The couple will be in Maastricht, this Saturday 30 August, for the celebrations of the 200 anniversary of the kingdom of the Netherlands. Maastricht was chosen as the venue for the festivities, because the city is regarded as &l...

"Some students call out ´hey Pauly´"

"Some students call out ´hey Pauly´"

MAASTRICHT. Paul Vermin is his name, to be pronounced in the Dutch way as VERmin and not VURmin, which in English sound like the term used for ‘pests’ or ‘lowlifes’. The student liaison officer welcomes Observant into the police station’s canteen, on the corner of the Prins Bisschopsingel. Hearty and open, an attitude ...

Inkom: wristband cheating €45

MAASTRICHT. Eight first-year students were ‘caught’ last Tuesday evening during a large-scale check before the beginning of an INKOM party in MECC. The Inkom Working Group organised a second ID check, because there were rumours about seventeen-year-olds wearing the wrong wristband, which enabled them to order alcoholic drinks. Furthermo...

Anti Mosquitoes App

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Alternative opening of the academic year

MAASTRICHT. For the first time in history, Monday 1 September will see an alternative opening of the academic year in Maastricht. While the official ceremony in the Theater aan het Vrijthof will address the topic of women in academia, the alternative opening that evening will focus on an entirely different subject. It will throw the spotlight on pr...

Maastricht 70 years of liberation

Maastricht 70 years of liberation

Did you know that the Wilhelminasingel was renamed Wyckersingel during the German occupation? The Nazis wanted no vivid reminders of the royal family. In September, it will be 70 years since Maastricht was liberated from the Nazis. This was the reason why Stefan Vrancken from Maastricht – junior notary in real life – decided to set up...

In difficulties because of tutorial on July 3rd

In difficulties because of tutorial on July 3rd

Hey! Is anyone else in difficulties because of the Research Methods tutorial on July 3rd because they already made summer plans? “Huh? UCM Freshmen is a private Facebook group, isn’t it? I deliberately didn’t put my question on the regular UCM page so that lecturers would not be able to see it. Can you also just access it?”...

Strategic groups in the arena

Strategic groups in the arena

Who: Wynand Bodewes, chief entrepreneurship officer, senior lecturer Film: Gladiator (2000) Target group: School of Business and Economics’ students
Faecal bacteria on your mobile phone

Faecal bacteria on your mobile phone

MAASTRICHT. “Smartphone transmits disease,” was the heading in Medisch Contact, a weekly magazine for physicians, at the end of last year. Mobile phones appear to be a major source of hospital infections. The solution? Wash your hands. But what may be even better: disinfect your mobile phone. As part of their International Business mast...

For artists and others

MAASTRICHT. Things are not easy for the cultural sector; subsidies are being withdrawn, vacancies are few and far between. Artists, cultural heritage experts, policy officials, fashion designers, et cetera, all need a helping hand. And that is why three alumni from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Janna Klöpper, Nika Dings and Jessica Capra...

Wanted: bag snatcher

MAASTRICHT. A student from Maastricht University was stabbed in her arm on the Brouwersweg on Monday evening. At about nine o’clock in the evening, the thief wanted to hold up the nineteen-year-old Polish girl. When the attempt failed, he stabbed her in her arm and finally ran off with her bag. The student was treated in hospital, where she r...

The finals of the European Law Moot Court Competition are in sight

The finals of the European Law Moot Court Competition are in sight

MAASTRICHT. “Two men fall in love and get married. They would live happily ever after if it was not for one cloud on the horizon: the unwillingness of the country they want to move to to recognize their marriage.” Four law students will compete in the finals of the European Law Moot Court Competition in Luxemburg on Friday 28 March. The...
Students attend Obama’s speech

Students attend Obama’s speech

“Be quick: unique opportunity to attend the speech of President ‪#‎Obama this Wednesday in Brussels. Send a mail to campusbrussels@maastrichtuniversity with your phone number for more information. First come, first served. Registration closes today 5.30pm.” This message was sent via social media on Monday morning. Within five minut...

“Ask yourself: so what?”

“Ask yourself: so what?”

Who: Johannes Bögershausen, PhD candidate at SBE Book: Presentation Zen, Garr Reynolds Target group: students of the School of Business and Economics

University has more fans on Facebook than students

MAASTRICHT. The number of fans of the Maastricht University Facebook page has grown considerable over a period of almost two years. Whereas the number was only 8,135 in May 2012, it is now almost 21 Thousand.

Mensa transformation

MAASTRICHT. The mensa, the university restaurant, on Universiteitssingel 40 is to undergo a metamorphosis this summer. Caterer Albron intends to introduce a new concept, called ‘Kitchen’. The traditional restaurant with all kinds of products, varying from a salmon roll and a plate of noodles to a Snickers bar or a can of Fristi, is...

Stukafest

MAASTRICHT. Every year and always around February, the student rooms in Maastricht fill up with artists during Stukafest. Cabaret performers, musicians, theatre artists and a genuine chef will be performing during the STUdentenKAmerFESTival (student room festival) on Thursday, 6 February this year. Most of the programme is accessible for non-Dutch ...

Take a picture with Ed

Take a picture with Ed

Edl@b.Take a picture with Ed and have a chance to win a tablet – bij Maastricht University Library. Ed is a cute guy – a bit silly, admittedly – with dark hair, blue glasses and a white shirt with a @ sign on his chest. But now everybody is preparing for Christmas, Ed is dressed like Santa Claus. Ed is the mascot of EdL@b, an off...

“Turning 100 wasn’t very special to them”

MAASTRICHT. The Netherlands has almost 2,000 centenarians. And while nobody is particularly keen on growing old themselves, people seem to be fascinated by centenarians. For their Marble project, five Arts and Culture students interviewed nine centenarians and examined the representation of old age in culture.

“The ideal body of a dancer is not old”

Who: Aagje Swinnen, scholar in aging studies Dance: Act Your Age on 12-14 December, Maastricht Target group: students of UCM and Arts and Sciences
Tans Lecture by Anne Applebaum: Does Eastern Europe still exist?

Tans Lecture by Anne Applebaum: Does Eastern Europe still exist?

MAASTRICHT. When we think of the shared Soviet past of Eastern Europe, we tend to see it as a whole. But the fall of communism saw major changes in all countries involved. This is why Eastern Europe no longer exists, according to Anne Applebaum, who delivers this year’s Tans Lecture. “The old lines between who is more ‘East’...

Better students pay higher tuition fees

MAASTRICHT. From next academic year, Dutch universities and schools of higher vocational education may experiment with a higher tuition fees for ‘excellence programmes’. The maximum amount will be €3,812 (twice the official rate). The cabinet wants to find out if students are indeed willing to pay more for a better programme. The e...

National entry restrictions for Law dropped again

MAASTRICHT. The national entry restrictions, which was introduced for all bachelor’s programmes of law in the Netherlands this academic year, will be abolished again next year. The VSNU, the Association of Dutch Universities, took the decision this month. Faculties that want to continue applying a student quota may do so. The M...

Video fragments help Law students to get better grades

MAASTRICHT. Last year the Faculty of Law introduced short video fragments as an additional educational tool. Now, it has been demonstrated that this helps to improve students’ insight into basic law matter. First-year students who watched all fragments also have significantly better grades than other students. 
Finding a job in an economic crisis

Finding a job in an economic crisis

MAASTRICHT. Today’s job market is tough for university graduates. Around 10 percent of recent UM graduates are currently jobless, the UM’s Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) thinks. “I was searching online, reading adverts, writing motivation letters and CVs on an everyday basis.”

Head stuck in railings

MAASTRICHT. A twenty-year-old foreign student from Maastricht had his head stuck in a railing for hours during the night from Wednesday to Thursday last week. It happened on the site of the Sappi paper mill on the Biesenweg in Maastricht. A security guard saw on the security camera how a guy was wrestling with the gate at approximately 5:30 hrs. Th...

More burglaries in student homes

More burglaries in student homes

MAASTRICHT. The number of student buildings that are targeted by burglars is on the rise. “We are worried about this,” says student liaison officer Paul Vermin. “The months of June through to August are fairly quiet, but when the days get shorter, like now, we see an increase, just like with regular houses.” Vermin doesn&rsq...

Sustainable bike project

MAASTRICHT. Old or broken bicycles that have been abandoned around the city or in the backyard of a student house – weesfietsen, in Dutch – are getting a new life thanks to Jules & You, a student services company in Maastricht. They initiated the project in cooperation with TransferWerkt, which helps jobseekers who are short on qual...

City rubbish bags cheaper

MAASTRICHT. The price of the red-and-white coloured rubbish bags, in which one deposits one’s household waste and which are left on the pavement to be collected in the city of Maastricht, will drop as of 1 January. A 50-litre bag will no longer cost 1.24 euro, but 0.71 euro cent. These rubbish bags are meant for waste that cannot be disposed ...

Shop & Go

Shop & Go

Handmade jewellery. Earrings with an aqua blue oval of jade facet. Length: 4 cm. Price: 6 euro.
UCM to have its own student accommodation

UCM to have its own student accommodation

MAASTRICHT. The Guesthouse has expanded: a complex for 38 students, close to University College, situated on the corner of De Bosquetplein and the Zwingelput. UCM will rent all the rooms for its own students from 2017.

No, not a phishing e-mail from the UM

MAASTRICHT. Eleven ABN Amro customers expressed their concerns to Maastricht University after receiving e-mails from the university and their bank, said to be part of a customer satisfaction survey. They were asked to fill in a questionnaire on a website. The eleven wondered if it was a phishing e-mail. Phishing is a form of Internet fraud in which...

"We have the very best landlady ever"

"We have the very best landlady ever"

Hey ladies, looking for a cute little room in a ‘gezellig’ student house in Heer, 4 minutes by bike from the Randwyck faculties? Then we’ve got exactly the place for you! Only €260, -/month, including G/W/E and Internet!
Inkom day 1: Dutch cheese and peperkoek, anyone?

Inkom day 1: Dutch cheese and peperkoek, anyone?

MAASTRICHT 19 AUGUSTUS. It’s not everyone’s favorite smell… But eight freshmen don’t mind and unite around a table with pieces of cheese. ‘Dutch cheese’ says the printed paper next to the plate. On another table we find typical Dutch food like drop (liquorice), gingerbread and stroopwafels (round waffles with a ...

We love…. The world of fans

We love…. The world of fans

A Susan Boyle Fan community, Game of Thrones fan site, Sherlock Holmes Fan Club site. These are just a few examples in a vast jungle. Fans of television series, films, games, or music express themselves in all manner of ways. Virtually on blog sites or forums, but also in real life at meetings. There will be a conference about fan cultures, called ...
Crib clip contest at Brusselslook Festival

Crib clip contest at Brusselslook Festival

MAASTRICHT. Where students and locals meet. This would be the perfect slogan for the Brusselslook Festival, held on Thursday next week at the Orleansplein for the fourth year. There will be music, drinks and a ‘clip your crib’ contest. The idea is to promote the integration between Maastrichtenaren and the attending students (most of wh...

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at Inkom's final party

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano at Inkom's final party

MAASTRICHT. The Dutch DJ duo Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano will be the closing act of the Inkom’s final party in the Mecc on Friday 23 August. The Inkom Working Group presented the names of the artists during the pre-Inkom drink last Monday. For the opening event on the Markt, on Monday evening, they did not choose a well-known Dutch arti...

Roman rulers

Roman rulers

Who: Tanja van der Meer, History of Law lecturer Book: Seven-part series The Masters of Rome, by Colleen McCullough Target group: Law students

Orakel’s Un…masked exhibition

MAASTRICHT. An analogue photo by the Austrian Kristina Satori of hundreds of skulls lying in a cave. Or some sweet sculptures made of sugar, glue, paper, wood, rope and more, created by the Belgian Suleika Van der Jeugdt. That’s what you can expect at the fifth Art Festival by Orakel, the Arts and Culture student association. Several young ar...

Suitcase destroyed for security reasons

Suitcase destroyed for security reasons

Elian Bogers (23), from the Netherlands, who is finishing her research master’s in Health Sciences and her master’s in Global Health and has seen 11 per cent of the world Having been in India for only two weeks and you already making the local newspaper. It happened to Elian Bogers, who was about to spend four months studying at Manipa...

Evacuation after lab spill

MAASTRICHT. Last Thursday, shortly after midday, a chemical liquid was spilled in the laboratory at the Department of Toxicology on the Universiteitssingel 50. The fire brigade evacuated five floors. Some 250 employees and students had to vacate the premises. “I dropped some stuff and I knew immediately: this smells so bad, I cannot clean th...

The essence of dementia

The essence of dementia

Who: Martin van Boxtel, associate professor at the department of Psychology and Neuroscience Book: Out of Mind, J. Bernlef Target group: students of Medicine and Psychology

Working as a solicitor in the UK

Students who aspire to work as a solicitor or barrister in England or Wales but don’t want to leave Maastricht can apply for a new programme in August: the Oxford Brookes–Maastricht Graduate Diploma in Law. The contract between the two institutions will soon be officially signed. The plan is to enable students with a bachelor’s de...

The life of a detective

The life of a detective

Who: Robert Horselenberg, legal psychologist Book: Änglavakter, Kristina Ohlsson Target group: Law and psychology students

Bicycle thefts in Maastricht

Political party D66 Maastricht is worried about the number of bicycle thefts in the city. “It’s a gut feeling,” says fraction chairman Bert Jongen, “but among my friends three people have had their bicycles stolen in broad daylight in the past three weeks. It was the same MO each time: two guys pull up on a moped, one destro...

What is crime?

What is crime?

Who: Hans Nelen, Professor of Criminology What: The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg, Mark Twain Target group: Law students

71 percent of recent FASOS graduates work abroad

MAASTRICHT. On average, 8 percent of Maastricht University alumni who graduated in 2009/10 are unemployed. Topping the list are graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences: 24 percent were not in work at the time of the interview (autumn 2011) for the recent Maastricht University graduate surveys.

Fifteen hundred protesters against Tihange

MAASTRICHT. Gert-Jan Krabbendam, member of the Provincial Council on behalf of the GroenLinks political party in Limburg estimates that some 1,500 people participated in the demonstration against the Belgian nuclear power station Tihange, held in Maastricht last Saturday afternoon. The march went from Plein 1992 to the Market, where the ‘Stop...

Tutor may stay

MAASTRICHT. Dr Louis van den Hengel, the tutor for whom a group of students from University College Maastricht (UCM) and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASOS) started an online petition last Month, may stay at Maastricht University. He has been offered a tenure track position, as became clear last week. “I can’t tell you how h...

“Tihange is a big risk”

“Tihange is a big risk”

MAASTRICHT. Maastricht is worried about the antiquated Tihange nuclear power station in Belgium, just 36 kilometres from the Dutch border. Almost 10 thousand people signed the Stop Tihange online petition during the past few weeks. The latter is an initiative by the Limburg section of the GroenLinks political party. They have organised a demonstrat...

Students want tutor to stay

MAASTRICHT. “Let Louis van den Hengel stay at UM,” is the heading of a petition on the UCM Facebook page. Some fifteen students from University College and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASOS) started a petition last month when they heard that the temporary contract of the very popular tutor Louis van den Hengel will not be r...

“No ad hoc student policy, but an integral plan”

That the Maastricht city council should communicate more in English with foreign students, is supported by almost all fractions of the Maastricht city council. But they have a problem with the timing of the Christian Democrats' (CDA) proposal. That’s why it was removed from the agenda of the city council meeting last Tuesday.

Do we need cycling lessons for foreign students?

After an hour of theory, some practical manoeuvres on a square, it is time for a trip around Groningen. Foreign students in Groningen have been receiving free cycling lessons as of the beginning of this academic year. Whether it's hilarious or necessary, is point for discussion. Maastricht University hasn’t copied the initiative yet. Han...

Feel it in your bones

Feel it in your bones

Who: Wiebe Nauta, sociologist and anthropologist Book: The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga Target group: FASOS and UCM students
A face in the window

A face in the window

Who: Fred Grünfeld, associate professor International Law Book: The Town beyond the Wall (1962), Elie Wiesel Target group: UCM and Law students
“My Ford Escort completely broke down”

“My Ford Escort completely broke down”

Barbara Kuiters (22), from the Netherlands, bachelor’s graduate from the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience and director’s secretary at the same faculty, has seen 8 per cent of the world   A Ford Escort station wagon, some camping gear, a tent and a map of Europe. Three years ago Barbara Kuiters and her boyfriend at the time ...

Who lurks behind that characteristic moustache?

Who lurks behind that characteristic moustache?

History would have taken a different course if it hadn’t been for Adolf Hitler. Who was this man with his slick hair and peculiar moustache? What made so many people willing to follow him? British historian Laurence Rees will speak about this in next week's Tans Lecture .
Moving to the scanner lab

Moving to the scanner lab

Last Friday, the staff of the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience moved from Universiteitssingel 40 to Oxfordlaan 55, just a few metres away. Boxes, plants and other office gear were all brought to the new Psychology building, where the Maastricht Brain Imaging Centre houses a high and an ultra-high field MRI scanner of 3 and 7 Tesla. In a few mon...

Performance contract “very good”

At the moment, 18 per cent of all students fail to pass first year. By 2015, this must be reduced to 15 per cent. The quality of lecturers at Maastricht University must also improve, and the number of students who take more time to complete their studies should be reduced even further. These are some of the items specified in the performance contra...

“I had to watch out in case they tried to poison me”

“I had to watch out in case they tried to poison me”

In Far away eyes students and staff talk about their travels; the countries, the people, the experiences. This week PhD candidate Miranda Poeze who has visited all continents. Well, except Antarctica.

10,000 euros for Green Office

Maastricht University’s Green Office wants to grow and become a European sustainability think tank. The city of Maastricht has granted 10,000 euros, as an incentive within the framework of its Sustainability Impulse. The Maastricht Green Office wants to promote sister institutes at other European universities. In addition, the ‘green&r...